Record field for top Cape Event

A record field of close to 21 000 runners, including the men’s and women’s defending champions and more than 1 000 international runners, will line up in Newlands, Cape Town, on Easter Saturday, April 3, for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

The Cape’s biggest road-running event has attracted a field of 8 700 runners in the 56km ultra-marathon, making this the second biggest field in the history of the event. The record stands at just less than 10 000 (9 766) runners, set in 2004 when Chapman’s Peak Drive reopened. Thirty-five percent of the ultra-marathon field are novices, an indication that the sport is growing and still attracting people to the longer races.

The 21.1km half-marathon has attracted 11 571 runners, making it the biggest half-marathon in the country. Last year more than 13 221 runners took part in the 21.1km event, but race organisers decided to reduce this number for 2010 in the interests of runner safety on the route and at the finish line. 

Race Director Rowyn James said:  “Interest in the half-marathon is massive. We are investigating other route options for 2011 that will allow us to increase the field to at least 16 000 entrants.”

Joy Khaole Old Mutual’s brand expression manager added: “As the title sponsor of this premier road-running event, we are delighted to hear that the race has generated so much interest and that 2010 is turning out to be a year of records.  We are working hard behind the scenes with all the final preparations to ensure it is a truly memorable event for all involved.”

The race will see more than 1 000 international runners participating; this is up on last year’s 868 runners. This figure includes all runners from outside South Africa.

New to this year’s event are the 8km and 18km trail runs, which will take place on Good Friday, April 2. Close to 750 entries have been received for the trail runs, so runners wanting to secure their entries in this event are advised to do so as soon as they can. The field is limited to 800 runners, 400 for the 8km and 400 for the 18km.  According to trail run organiser, Trevor Ball, it is the biggest single-day trail run in the country.

The International Friendship Run for overseas participants and their families and friends has also attracted a record field of just over 500 runners and entries are still taken at the expo and on the day of the run. This 5km run/walk starts at the Good Hope Centre at 09h30 on Good Friday, April 2, and takes runners on a scenic tour of the city, finishing at the V&A Waterfront.

The expo at the Good Hope Centre will also have a record number of exhibitors offering visitors products and information related to road running and similar sports. It is the largest running-related expo in the Western Cape and takes place from Wednesday March 31 to Friday April 2, 2010. As the official registration point for the race, the expo attracts more than 45 000 visitors over the three days. It also hosts the PUMA Store, where visitors will find the latest Puma products and commemorative event gear. 

Issued by:    Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Race Office

Contact:      Stefanie Schultzen
                Tel: (021) 657 5140
                Email: stefanie@TwoOceansMarathon.org.za
               
                Sue Ullyett
                Cell:  083 305 4842
                Email: sullyett@mweb.co.za

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